Hos*til"i*ty (?), n.; pl. Hostilities (#). [L. hostilitas: cf. F. hostilit'e.]
State of being hostile; public or private enemy; unfriendliness; animosity.
Hostility being thus suspended with France.
An act of an open enemy; a hostile deed; especially in the plural, acts of warfare; attacks of an enemy.
We have showed ourselves generous adversaries . . . and have carried on even our hostilities with humanity.
He who proceeds to wanton hostility, often provokes an enemy where he might have a friend.
Syn. -- Animosity; enmity; opposition; violence; aggression; contention; warfare.
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